Guitarist and composer Michael Moro is a ‘black rock god’ – The Guardian
The son of Mexican immigrants, Michael Moros music is rooted in his mother’s love of rock, and its often influenced by the music of her ancestors.
“My mother’s influence is a lot more on the soul of the music than anything else,” Moro said in a phone interview with The Guardian.
“It’s not so much my mother’s influences as it is the people that were around her at the time.”
Moros first made a name for himself in the mid-1980s with the release of the debut album of the Mexican American rock band, Pachuca, which he co-produced with the band’s drummer and fellow guitarist, Miguel Gomez.
“I remember going to the show, going in, and seeing this guy playing guitar,” Moros said.
“And I thought to myself, ‘He’s gonna be great!’
I just wanted to bring my mother along.
I felt like it was a natural progression for me.
I remember thinking, ‘This is going to be great.'”
Growing up in the small Texas town of Houston, Moro was drawn to the local guitar scene, and started studying with musicians like John Scofield and the late Steve Albini.
He moved to New York City in the late 1990s and eventually joined the band of Mexican musician, singer and songwriter, El Hombre.
“I came to the US in the 90s and found a band that was like me,” Morotos said, adding that the band was known for their folk-influenced songs, with Moro taking over the lead guitar role and playing with Gomez and Gomez’s bandmate, Juan Hernandez.
The band would tour across the country and Mexico and would release albums of their own, but it was the Mexican-American songwriter/guitarist, Manuel Guerrero, who took notice of Moro.
“When I heard Manuel’s song ‘El Hombres’ from El Homs first album, I knew this guy was going to become a legend,” Moroz said.
Guerrero’s songs, “The Man in the Bagpipe,” “A Walk in the Woods,” “My Mother’s Bagpipe” and “El Homing” are all among Moro’s most beloved songs.
Guerrero was inspired by the Mexican immigrant family that founded the bagpipers, and the two formed a band, El Nuevo Cinco.
They recorded their debut album, Pacheco, in the summer of 1994.
“The next year, we released ‘El Nueve Nueva’ with El Homing,” Morozo said.
“El Nuelve Nuelves” was recorded in La Paz, Mexico, and Moros father, Mariano, was born in the city.
Guerrero had an interest in the music, and soon, the band started working on a debut album with Moroz.
“That’s when I realized that it was gonna be my music, my own band,” Moroso said.
Guero is credited as the producer of many of the band`s early albums.
“His influences are the rock music of his family, the Spanish-infused country music of El Nuerve Números, and his mother,” Morodo said.
But Guerrero also influenced the lyrics with his lyrics.
“When I first started writing, my first song, it was about the Spanish language,” Mororo said.
He went on to write more than 200 songs for El Haming and recorded them in a number of languages.
“Every song is a different interpretation of the song,” Moroyas mother, Manuel said.
He also wrote songs about Mexican-Americans, Mexican culture and the Spanish heritage.
“He wrote the lyrics in English, so he wrote them in Spanish,” Morojas mother said.
Moroz is also a self-taught guitarist, who has performed with several musicians in Mexico.
“There is a certain amount of pride in being a musician that is rooted from my mother and her father,” Moromos father said.
The band is now based in New York, with its first album due out on October 2.
The singer said that his parents are proud of him for making it as a musician and singer.
“They know that I have my music.
My mother loves to see that,” he said.